Regenerating the core – or is it periphery? Reclaiming waterfronts in US cities
This chapter provides some US examples of the global turn toward waterfront regeneration discussed by Sue Brownill in Part 1 of this volume. As waterfronts, previously urban cores but relegated to peripheral status by subsequent inland development, came to be reconceptualized as true cores for new growth, new investment flowed in. We explore regeneration in diverse contexts across US states and cities of vastly different sizes and economic strength. We find that reliance on the private sector as the economic driver for regeneration (common in the US) tends to limit the extent to which the effort can generate positive inland socioeconomic impacts. That finding is independent of the physical characteristics or prior economic roles of the regenerated waterfronts.